Las Vegas smoke shop owner stabs suspected thief

Surveillance footage captured the moment a Las Vegas smokehouse owner stabbed a masked juvenile suspect who allegedly tried to rob his store.

The incident happened at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday at the Smokestrom Smoke Shop on West Sahara Avenue near Decatur Boulevard, KLAS reported.

Two minors can be seen entering the store wearing black ski masks and backpacks, with one suspect carrying his backpack forward.


Shop owner Johnny Nguyen is then heard asking the suspects to leave, but the two minors did not comply, as a suspect can be seen grabbing what appears to be a tip jar from the counter.

“I was scared for my life,” Nguyen told the New York Post. “When they came in, one of them had a bag in front of him like he had a gun or something.”

As the suspect leaves, Nguyen tells him he can take the item but asks him to “leave the coins”. The miner did not comply and proceeded to grab more items before running out of the store.

At the same time, the other suspect, wearing the backpack facing forward, jumps over the glass counter. Immediately, Nguyen grabs a knife near the register and stabs the suspect repeatedly.

“I was in flight or fight mode,” the store owner told Fox 5. “A lot of adrenaline was going through my body.”

The miner can be heard saying, “I’m dead, I’m dead,” before Nguyen dragged the suspect to the front door and called 911. The injured suspect then pleaded with Nguyen, “Don’t let me die.” , noted KLAS. .

Metropolitan Police in Las Vegas arrested the two suspects, with the lone injured suspect taken to hospital with his condition unknown, Fox 5 reported. There was also a third suspect involved who has yet to be apprehended. , police noted.

“I don’t think he was planning on getting stabbed that day, obviously, but if you’re trying to rob a store, you’re taking a risk,” Nguyen told KLAS. “It’s a small business, obviously.”

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